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How to Achieve Good Golf Posture

Many people consider grip to be one of the most crucial facets of golf performance. While grip can be essential to swing angle and ball direction, posture is more important to the overall game. Posture is one of the most critical factors to golf performance. Not only can posture be vital for making the perfect swing, but it can also keep a golfer up and running for longer. IRGF has great tips and tricks on how to achieve proper golf posture. What Is Good Posture? Professional golfers usually recommend that a player stands upright, with arms and legs straight. This type of good posture can ensure the player hits the ball at the best angle while remaining healthy. Proper posture in general keeps your body fit and in shape, but proper golf posture can actually improve your game! Overall, the following steps indicate good golf posture: 1. Straighten your legs and back. 2. Hold the club out in front of you. 3. Bend your back, keeping it straight. 4. Lower the club straight down. Do not bend your arms. 5. Slightly bend your knees as you prepare to hit the ball. 6. Lift your head, pushing back your shoulders as you hit the ball. 7. Hit the ball, keeping your back straight as you swing. These steps may seem unnatural or complex, but they get more natural over time. Many players struggle to correct their posture first, but once they learn, golf becomes easier for them.  Good posture can keep a player playing golf for longer, preventing issues such as back pain or muscle pulls. Also, good posture can help keep a player's eye on the ball, allowing them to make the perfect swing every time.  Why Good Posture is So Important If a player naturally slumps when they hit a ball, this pattern can be a difficult one to break. It might feel unnatural to stand up perfectly straight, but doing so can ensure that muscles and bones stay strong and healthy.  A slumping posture can result in future back issues, all while making it harder to get the perfect angle when swinging. Players that practice good golf posture have a straight back and legs and slightly bent knees. If the back is tilted too much, it can result in potential back issues later down the line. It can also reduce aim accuracy and potentially strain back muscles.  Knees that…

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Golf Grip

The Importance of a Good Golf Grip

Golfing is an exact sport, requiring plenty of dedication and focus. Players train for years to perfect their swing, yardage, and stance.  Golf trains a player to perfect their swing, giving them increased control over the arc and angle. To perfect these circumstances, a golfer must be aware of several factors that could enhance or impede their swing.  A significant factor that could improve a golfer's swing is grip. Grip plays a crucial role in both trajectory and swing strength. A proper grip can be the difference between a weak hit and a strong one. What is Grip? The grip is essential because it is a huge determiner of the ball's trajectory. The correct grip can ensure that a ball travels the way a player intends. Perfecting grip can ensure that each swing takes the ball closer to the hole, not further away. Many golf instructors emphasize the importance of grip when instructing students. Perfecting grip and stance are often the first topics covered when teaching a player how to golf.  Some teachers prioritize the grip so much that their students can't continue to golf until perfecting it. How to Perfect Grip Here at Indian River Golf Foundation, we understand the importance of a proper golf swing. We've helped many students achieve their golf dreams, and a key component to their developing success is perfecting their grip.  Maybe an instructor has provided feedback on your swing, and you're unsure of where to go. You could be interested in reading up on golf and wondering where to begin.  Wherever you are on your golf journey, we've prepared five tips that will help improve grip in no time. With these tips at your disposal, you'll have a professional-tier grip in no time! 1. Observe natural grip The best way to start correcting your grip is to observe it in action. Next time you're on the course, take note of grip each time you hit the ball. Consider where your fingers wrap around the club. Some factors that could influence your swing: Fingers are overlapped or interlockedOverall grip strengthWeak or dominant hand usagePlacement of hands on the club Take special note of the above factors during this step. Being aware of the factors that influence a swing could tremendously help a golfer perfect their swing.  2. See which grip yields the best results There are several types of grip that golf professionals commonly…

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The Top 5 Health Benefits of Golf

Golf is an incredible sport, with a lot of benefits for mental and physical health. Since people can play it competitively and casually, golf offers something for all players.  It's not surprising that golf is good for a person's body and mind. Whether or not a person is playing professionally, golf offers plenty of physical activity, tranquil views, and quiet courses. Many people enjoy golfing as a form of stress relief and exercise, a way to escape their troubles in life and spend some time outside.  Golf is an excellent way to unwind, especially at the end of a long day. Since it is a social sport, golf can provide a way for a group of people to enjoy peace, tranquility, and some friendly competition.  If you're interested to learn about the various benefits of golf, you're in the right place! We've compiled a list of golf's top 5 advantages. Find out how golf can benefit your health by reading below! 1. Golf is Excellent for Mental Health Connecting with nature has been regarded as a way to improve mental health for years drastically. Going outside for at least half an hour every day is a great way to activate endorphins in your brain, allowing you to feel happier and more at peace.  Golf enhances these effects by allowing participants to go outdoors and work toward a common goal. This goal, combined with the beautiful, natural scenery, can get a person's mind off anything that might be troubling them.  According to the National Library of Medicine, golf is an excellent form of therapy for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders. In a 2019 study, researchers found that golf therapy provided a complete social foundation for the 12 individuals participating in the study.  Additionally, subjects stated that their focus was improved, along with their concentration. The study found that golf therapy served as an effective way to reduce their mental symptom burden.  2. Golf is a Great Source of Vitamin D A little sunshine is healthy for everyone, especially since you need Vitamin D. Since golfers spend a lot of time outdoors, they get all the Vitamin D they need when on the course.  According to the National Institute of Health, ultraviolet light from the sun naturally creates Vitamin D when interacting with skin cells. Vitamin D helps the body create calcium, all while leading to bone demineralization. Adequate…

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The Ultimate Guide To Golf Stretching

Golf stretching should be one of the first things that you do before you take your first step onto the golf course. Just like warm-up hits are essential, so is pre-game stretching. Many golfers already know how imperative stretching is to have enough flexibility to maintain a good swing. Golfing is a sport that requires strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance. Having a range of motion is extremely important and can improve club speed, hip rotation, spinal rotation, and more. For golfers, both beginners and experts, everyone can use a regular stretching routine. Indian River Golf Foundation, IRGF has compiled a quick practice of stretches that anyone can follow to increase flexibility to improve your golf swing. Golf Stretching Routine Stretch 1- the Twist Stretch The twist is an excellent stretch for loosening up the lower back and the hamstrings. To do this stretch, please follow these steps: Begin the stretch with your feet placed at a stance wider than your hips. Place your right hand on your lower back and facing away from your body.Begin to bend your right knee and twist to reach your left hand to your right foot.Then lift your torso and switch to the opposite side. Stretch 2- the Scarecrow Twist The practice of this stretch is great for relieving any pressure that may be coming from your lower back. To do this stretch, follow these steps: Begin with your feet slightly wider than shoulder distance. Place your golf club behind your neck and onto your shoulders.Put both arms over/around the club, much like a scarecrow stands.Bend your knees and twist to the right while pivoting the left foot.Repeat step 4 on the opposite side. Golf Stretch 3- the Standing Side Stretch Due to the twisting that this stretch produces, it is excellent for stretching the spine. It also will help to prepare the body for swinging a golf club. To do this stretch, follow the steps below: Begin standing straight while planting the club into the ground with your right hand.Cross your left leg over the right leg and reach the left arm up and over in the golf club’s direction.Look up and allow the hips to move to the left side slightly.Follow steps 1-3 on the opposite side of the body. Golf Stretching With IRGF Next time you schedule your tee time, do this quick stretching routine and notice the difference that you will feel within…

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Golf Etiquette: An Introduction

Here at The Indian River Golf Foundation, we believe that having integrity, perseverance, and proper etiquette is at the heart of the game of golf. Etiquette encompasses the rules of what players should and shouldn’t do. Imagine how respectful the game would be if everyone were to practice proper etiquette on the course. Below is an introduction to having courtesy and good etiquette on the course. No Devices on the Course As a general rule of etiquette in more places than just on the course, avoid bringing any communication devices, including phones, pagers, and watches. If any devices come onto the course and happen to made sounds, it can distract your fellow players and create tension between players. When you’re on the course, enjoy the game and leave the office behind. Keep an Even Temper Have you ever seen players throw their clubs or yell and scream? It doesn’t leave a good impression on anyone around them. Instead of losing your peers’ respect, try to improve your attitude on the green even when you’re not doing well. Not only will having a positive attitude allow other players to respect you, but it can improve your golf game as well. Yelling 'Fore' One of the most considerate things to do during a round of golf is to yell ‘Fore’ when your ball seems to be heading in the direction of other players. If you’re the one directly in the way, do your best to take cover or move out of the way of the shot. Drive the Golf Cart Responsibly For the course’s safety, your peers, and yourself, drive the golf carts as respectfully as possible. You want to be careful not to cause any damage to the course. Leaving any skid marks due to your driving is a big no-no in terms of having good golf etiquette. Clean up the Bunkers We understand that nobody likes being in the bunker. Getting your ball out will be the top priority, so we expect that golfers might move around the sand to get the best shot. To be respectful, rake the bunker after you have hit the ball. This way, you are leaving it as lovely as it was before. Practice Etiquette at IRGF At IRGF, we are golfers, teachers, and friends. If you’re interested in learning more about golf etiquette or our foundation in Indian River County, please contact Roger Van…

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How Golf Teaches Discipline

The sport of traditional golf requires discipline. From the youngest of amateurs to the highest level pros, a lack of discipline will cause players to fall apart on any course. Discipline separates genuinely great golfers from the has-been’s, and at Indian River Golf Foundation, we teach that discipline in our cadets. Through golf, we can give our cadets many life lessons, and discipline will learn naturally. Golf is, in its very nature, a patient game. An impatient player may rush their shots or attempt to make plays that are impossible for their skill level, and that lack of discipline will lead to failure. These players can apply this discipline to their daily lives. At work, we need the discipline to push through a tough assignment or stay on task with a chore. Through golf, we hope that these lessons will lead to greater discipline in every aspect of their lives. With Indian River Golf Foundation, our cadets will learn the values of discipline through: Learning How To Play GolfTraining With Fellow CadetsLeading Other Cadets In ExercisesShowing Responsibility The lessons these young golfers will learn through golf will carry them for the rest of their lives. We offer them an outlet and an opportunity to learn in a safe environment. One, they can be themselves, have fun, and learn some golf all at once. How Does Golf Teach Discipline? It may seem confusing how a sport can teach a child discipline, but it has to be thought-about to look at the sport from a different angle. The players are doing more than just walking up, hitting a ball, and sending it towards the green. They’re always trying to learn ways they can improve their skills. Improvement is where a large majority of the discipline comes from, and the only way to get better at golf is to practice. That means going out every day and banging balls with a purpose. Anyone can go to the range, hit them hard, and call it a day. Players who want to improve will go out there and work on the game parts that have told them to need to be improved. Continually seeking out ways to improve and then acting on them is discipline. We hope that players who experience success from this discipline will hold on to that feeling and let it help them in every aspect of their life. If a cadet…

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Steps of Progress

At Indian River Golf Foundation, we are believers in the idea of golf being a sport that everyone can rally around as a community together. Our community outreach programs have been very successful and have led to children’s growth across the entire Indian River County area. Through golf, we have not only been able to teach these children good values but have also been able to allow them to experience social interaction and growth. The idea of growth is one of the critical lessons we look to impart in our young players. When children arrive at Indian River Golf Foundation, they typically do with the intention of having fun and learning how to play. We aim to create this environment through our lessons. An example of some steps our players might go through. They will start off receiving assistance from our staffEventually, these young players will be assisting other new youthsThey’ll be allowed to go out on their ownEventually, they’ll be working side-by-side with our staff. Their person and leader We have a general path that we put our players on to turn them into the next generation’s leaders.  Step 1 Here we can see one of our older players and IRGF cadet teaching a young player the ins and outs of traditional golf on the putting green. You see here that they’re in the very early stages of their lessons and are under the guidance and leadership that our team offers. Step 2 That same young player from earlier is now an IRGF cadet himself, and he is assisting young players in a game of snag golf. He has transitioned from a follower to a leader himself. Utilizing leadership skills, he’s learned with IRGF. Step 3: The IRGF cadet is now taking responsibility and cleaning up after the training session. He has gone from being taught traditional golf lessons to a young trainer to someone who stands independently. Step 4: Finally, we have that same young cadet standing next to the original IRGF player cadet who was initially teaching them traditional golf, from teacher to equals. They work together to clean up snag golf equipment following a training session. We Teach Leadership Skills This exercise may look like nothing more than a young player learning how to clean up after themselves and teach another player, but what we see here is a young person learning valuable leadership skills that…

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Different Types Of Golf Swings

5 Different Types Of Golf Swings

There are many different types of golf swing methods that work differently depending on the person themselves. A lot of different golf instructors give information that contradicts the others. It makes sense as a whole a lot of instructors will try and teach their style. But if your golf swing feels unnatural or forced you are not alone a lot of people have this same issue. We will be going over in this passage 5 different types of golf swings. Swing Style 1: Rotational Based Swing The rotational-based swing uses the body's rotation more than anything else in the swing. It generally takes a more athletic person to pull this swing off. As the body rotates through the shot the club comes flying through allowing for the clubhead to stabilize. People who use this swing often leave no energy untapped and work on matchups to ensure the patch and the face are being controlled. There are many great qualities to this golf swing but it can be very tiring and demanding for your body. Who Uses This Swing: Lee Trevino, Matt Wolff Swing Style 2: Hands And Arms Based Swing The premise behind this swing has more of a focus on the arms and hands during the golf swing. This swing utilizes several different leverage points and the body itself is more of a stabilizing force that allows the arms and hands to work quickly. Many people that teach this swing focus a great deal on the impact. There are many different weird things you can do during the backswing but it all comes down to the impact. Who Uses This Swing: Jack Nicklaus, Zach Johnson Swing Style 3: Separation Based Swing This swing got it's name because during this swing you focus on creating separation in the backswing by turning the shoulders, while maintaining the hips. This swing can be quite complex and takes quite a bit of flexibility. This swing was actually the primary method of teaching in the 90s. It takes a truly athletic person that is very flexible to consistently hit this shot. While this is a good swing to learn if you are more of an experienced golfer for the most part it is suggested newer golfers should stray away from such a challenge early on in their golfing career. It can lead to a few injuries but if perfected can create quite a bit…

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Player Development⁠—Pull-Up Exercises by Player Agents

What Is a Player Development Pull-Up? A player development pull-up is a motion of “reaching down and pulling up.” It is a type of volunteer activity that helps to promote advanced learning in player development. It requires an interest in young players and provides the necessary ingredients they are missing to advance in the game of golf and as a person. Below you will find out the best ways to properly execute player development pull-ups and the time and interest that it requires when performing this exercise. How To Prepare For Player Development Pull-Ups By following these four points below, we here at IRGF believe that it will best prepare for you for pull-ups: By attending IRGF Training Sessions, you will be able to grasp the needs of each player betterBy interacting with your fellow players and IRGF golf instructorsBy participating in on-course activities giving small groups of young players experience how to play the game By serving as an IRGF Player Agent and by informing other players and parents of further opportunities in junior golf While “pulling up” the young players of golf, you’re developing long-lasting, valuable relationships with both the players and their parents. During this process, you will also be building an essential team atmosphere among the players. It’s important that all activities are being conducted with the highest courtesy, respect, responsibility, and safety. As you can imagine, there are a wide variety of ways to perform player development pull-ups. You can find out how to best aid the game’s growth by contacting a member of the IRGF professional staff. For further information on player development pull-ups, you can contact IRGF President Roger Van Dyke at rogervandykeirgf@gmail.com or via phone at (772) 713-9593. What Is A Physical Pull-Up? A physical pull-up is a compound pull-type exercise that works a large number of muscles in your back, shoulders, and arms all at the same time. The following table lists information about Pull-ups and the muscles that you use when performing pull-ups.  Benefits Of The Pull-Up Exercises This exercise is great for golfers because it’s good for protecting the body from any possible physical imbalance. It also is beneficial for challenging the upper body, specifically the back. We’re covering the pull-up specifically because it’s one of the best exercises that help develop appropriate posture and power transfer during any golfer’s swing. How To Perform A Pull-Up Exercise Left (Figure 1):…

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IRGF Golfers: Mission, Vision, and Perseverance

Through the efforts of our year-round programs here at the Indian River Golf Foundation, such as high school training and collegiate, professional, and community participation in IRGF, we aim always to bring new players to the game and help to develop them based on their potential needs while also teaching life and leadership skills. Every player at the IRGF becomes a part of our mission and vision for our foundation. The IRGF Mission Here at the Indian River Golf Foundation, we foster learning and excellence in player development for golfers of all ages. Whether you're a beginner or a skilled player, we can teach new techniques, skills, and lessons to expand your knowledge of the game. The Indian River Golf Foundation creates expanded opportunities to participate in golf, build character, honor the game's traditions, and recognize those who have demonstrated high performance levels and outstanding contributions to the wonderful game of golf. The IRGF Vision Our vision is to bring new players to the game and enhance long-time golfers' pleasure regardless of skill by creating a safe, affordable, and enriching golf experience. Our foundation will provide consistent and dependable leadership to all. We will also coordinate community support for the advancement of golf in Indian River County and areas beyond. Perseverance In Golf Having perseverance in the game of golf is essential to being a great player. To succeed in the sport, golfers must push through their mistakes while learning and growing from them. Here at IRGF, we believe that part of having perseverance is learning through being able to cope with frustration while playing, always trying to improve your game, and never giving up. Coping With Game Frustration All golfers have experienced frustration at one point during their golf careers. While the sport of golf can be complex at times, adding in nerves, fears and frustration can make it even more complex than it needs to be. The best way to learn how to cope is to push through the feelings and persevere through the doubts. Some ways that you can practice this is to: Put your game into perspectiveAim to be positive throughout the game/practicePay close attention to your thoughtsTry to focus on the facts of the game "Golf is about how well you accept, respond to, and score with your misses much more so than it is a game of your perfect shots."Dr. Bob Rotella Improving Your…

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